A Flight Instructor earns an average salary of $62,884 per year. A skill in Pilot is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$30,518 - $102,303
$31K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,884
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50%
90%

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$14.92 - $35.32
$15
$21
$35
MEDIAN: $20.54
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,518 - $102,303  
   
Bonus
$496.65 - $12,080  
Total Pay (?
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$31,002 - $99,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$14.92 - $35.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$24.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$496.65 - $12,080  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,002 - $99,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 78

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Job Description for Flight Instructor

A flight instructor is a person who helps educate and instruct individuals in the safe operation of aircraft. The flight instructor will begin working with students by teaching ground safety rules and flight basics. The flight instructor will then typically advance students through a training process that involves an understanding of flight conditions, cockpit instrumentation, take-offs, landings, and flying solo.

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Flight Instructor Tasks

  • Train students in aircraft handling in compliance with FAA safety and instructor requirements.
  • Follow course schedules and syllabi.
  • Document and evaluate student progress.

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Pay by Experience Level for Flight Instructor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Flight Instructor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Flight Instructor?

Flight Instructor in Las Vegas:
"Never working."
Pros: Most fun job anyone could ask for. Variety is the key to happiness in this job. Teach a wide variety of skill levels and topics.
Cons: Pay can be minimal, non regular paychecks can be a frustration at times. Stressful at times, mentally draining. Alertness is life insurance.

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Key Stats for Flight Instructor

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
040
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Flight Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 50%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 53%
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